Policies

Circulation Policy

Getting a Card
Residents of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Cape Porpoise, Wells, and Arundel (including general area) are welcome to a free Library card. By signing the borrower’s application, the patron agrees to all lending policies accordingly. A valid driver’s license or some other form of identity is required at the time of registration. Children under the age of 14 are welcome to a Library card as long as a parent or guardian has signed the child’s application.

Non-residents are also welcome to acquire a temporary card for a non-returnable fee of $20.00. Application requires a valid driver’s license and a local address.

Circulating Collection
Your Library card allows you to borrow books, magazines, videocassettes and DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, and pamphlets.

Borrowing Period
All circulating materials, with the exception of videocassettes and DVDs, are loaned for a period of two (2) weeks. Videos and DVDs circulate for two (2) days.

Number of Items Which May be Borrowed
As a rule, no limit will be placed on the number of items which may be borrowed at one time. At the staff’s discretion, however, a limit may be set on certain categories.

Overdue Charges
Overdue fines for books and audiobooks are charged at the rate of 10 cents per day, per item for adults; 5 cents per day, per item for juvenile patrons. There is a maximum fine of $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for juveniles. Sundays, holidays, (and other closed days) are excluded when computing fines. Overdue fines for videos and DVDs are charged at a rate of 50 cents per day with a maximum fine of $10.00.

Extended Loans
At the discretion of the staff, special extended loan periods may be arranged.

Renewals
Circulation materials may be renewed three times as long as another patron is not waiting for the item. Renewals can be made by telephone (967-2778), in person, or email. To renew via email, send us a message here.

Reserves
You may reserve materials which are not immediately available because they are already on loan or not on the shelf. You will be notified when your request is ready. Reserved materials will be held for you for four days. (unless special arrangements have been made.)

Interlibrary Loan
Materials not owned by the Library may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan Service. There is usually no charge for this service (unless special circumstances are incurred with the request, photocopies, special collections).

Changes for Replacement of Lost, Unreturned, or Damaged Materials
Charges for the replacement of lost, unreturned, or damaged materials will be computed on the basis of replacement costs, except for magazines which are approximately $4.00 for each replacement.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges
Borrowing privileges are automatically suspended if materials are not returned or charges are not paid.

Charges can mount quickly. For your own protection, and in consideration of other Library patrons, we urge you to return all materials on time and to settle all outstanding accounts promptly.

Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources and Wireless Access

The Internet is an unregulated system produced by a diverse society. The Library does not censor material available through the Internet and is not responsible for its accuracy, currency, or propriety. Therefore, parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for their child’s use of the Library network and are advised to supervise their child’s use of the Internet.

The Library has wireless Internet capability. Anyone with a wireless-enabled device may connect at the Library. Patrons utilizing the wireless connection are bound by the conditions of this Acceptable Use Policy and the Walk-In Wireless Access Policy and Guidelines. All users of Library computers must sign the Usage Log Book at the appropriate circulation desk using legible first name, date, and time of use.

Unacceptable activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Displaying material that may be offensive to Library patrons. What is defined as offensive is at the discretion of the Library staff.
  • Downloading of instant messaging, or chat room, or any other software via Library computers.
  • Tampering with the hard drive of any Library computer.
  • Altering Library computer settings (adding or changing icons, manipulating the control panel, etc.).
  • Posting, uploading, or transferring illegal material.
  • Using the Library’s identity.
  • Incurring costs or fees to the Library.
  • Performing any form of hacking (gaining unauthorized access to another computer).

Be sure you understand all of the following items before you sign in:

A maximum of two people at a time may use a workstation. Use is limited to thirty minutes per person (unless you are using your own laptop). You may access personal website-based email accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo from Library computers. Our computers do not have email accounts. Print-outs cost 15 cents per page; the first three (3) are free for school assignments. Federal statutes and copyright laws must be observed. Damage to software, hardware, or data will be charged to the user.

Use of the system implies an understanding and acceptance of this policy. The Library reserves the right to limit or suspend access to the network at any time and for any reason.

Meeting Room Policy

The meeting room will be available to any local non-profit organization on a first come, first serve basis. Library functions, however, will take precedence over any other meetings.

General Library Rules and Restrictions

• No food or drink.
• Any group of non-adults must have supervision deemed appropriate by Library staff.
• No smoking in any of the Library buildings.
• No animals permitted except seeing-eye or therapy dogs.
• Users must assume liability for any damages incurred, including fines or charges for accidentally setting of false fire/security alarm.
• The Library will not be responsible for any materials or equipment left in the Library.
• A named individual must sign an agreement assuming responsibility for proper use of the meeting room.

The meeting room may be booked by contacting the Library staff at the Library (967-2778). While the Library offers this room without charge, contributions toward its upkeep and maintenance are most welcome.

The Board of Directors (Trustees) reserves the right to restrict or limit the use of the premises at any time, without prior notice, and for reason determined by it in the exercise of its sole and absolute discretion.